Allows for a fee reduction for the registration of vintage snowmobiles; prescribes the use of a different color registration sticker for vintage snowmobiles; defines vintage snowmobiles; creates a violation for misuse of a vintage snowmobile registration.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the registration of vintage snowmobiles
PURPOSE: To require vintage snowmobiles that are used for participation in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses, but not used for general snowmobiling purposes, to pay a reduced portion of the snowmobile registration fee that is deposited into the Snowmobile Trail Development and Maintenance Fund.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Required vintage snowmobiles that are used only for participation in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses, but not used for general snowmobiling purposes, to pay ten dollars annually if the registrant is a member of an organized club, and twenty dollars annually if the registrant is not a member of an organized club. The fees are a reduced portion of the snowmobile registration fee that is deposited into the Snowmobile Trail Development and Maintenance Fund.
Section 2: Requires that the registration stickers for vintage snowmobiles be of a different color than other registration stickers for snowmobiles. The registration sticker is not required to be affixed to the snowmobile, but must be readily available to the operator and presented on demand by a law enforcement officer.
Section 3: Defines a vintage snowmobile as any snowmobile manufactured more than thirty years prior to the current calendar year, or any other model, year and type snowmobile which has unique characteristics and is determined by the commissioner to be of historical; classic, or exhibition value.
Section 4: A person who owns or operates a snowmobile which is registered as a vintage snowmobile and such snowmobile is not a vintage snowmobile as defined shall be subject to a fine of$200.
EXISTING LAW: The current snowmobile registration fee is $45 for New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) members and $100 for non-members.
JUSTIFICATION: Requiring individuals who use their vintage snowmobiles for participation in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses, but do not use them for general snowmobile purposes to pay into the Snowmobile Trail
Development and Maintenance Fund is unfair, as these individuals do not use the trail system.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3042 of 2009-10.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown at this time.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 90 days after becoming a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2388--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 19, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. SEWARD, DeFRANCISCO, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the regis- tration of vintage snowmobiles THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 2222 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4-b to read as follows: 4-B. (A) FEES FOR VINTAGE SNOWMOBILES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, FEES FOR REGISTRATION OF A VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE WHICH IS OWNED AND OPERATED AS AN EXHIBITION PIECE OR COLLEC- TOR'S ITEM, AND IS USED FOR PARTICIPATION IN CLUB ACTIVITIES, EXHIBITS, TOURS, PARADES, OCCASIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND SIMILAR USES, BUT NOT USED FOR GENERAL SNOWMOBILING PURPOSES, SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS (I) TEN DOLLARS ANNUALLY IF THE REGISTRANT IS A MEMBER OF AN ORGANIZED CLUB AS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION FOUR-A OF THIS SECTION, AND (II) TWENTY DOLLARS ANNUALLY IF THE REGISTRANT IS NOT A MEMBER OF SUCH A CLUB; PROVIDED THAT THE REGISTRANT OF A VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE ADDI- TIONAL FEES SET OUT IN SUBDIVISION FOUR-A OF THIS SECTION, AND SECTION 21.07 OF THE PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION LAW. (B) THE REGISTRATION STICKER FOR VINTAGE SNOWMOBILES WHICH SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR VINTAGE SNOWMOBILES SHALL BE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR THAN OTHER REGISTRATION STICKERS FOR SNOWMOBILES. SUCH REGISTRATION STICKER SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO BE AFFIXED TO THE SNOWMOBILE, BUT SHALL BE REQUIRED TO BE READILY AVAILABLE TO THE OPERATOR AND PRESENTED ON DEMAND BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. (C) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, A VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE SHALL MEAN ANY SNOWMOBILE MANUFACTURED THIRTY OR MORE YEARS PRIOR TO THE CURRENTEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05743-02-1 S. 2388--A 2
CALENDAR YEAR, AND ANY OTHER MODEL, YEAR AND TYPE SNOWMOBILE WHICH HAS UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS AND WHICH IS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO BE OF HISTORICAL, CLASSIC OR EXHIBITION VALUE. (D) A PERSON WHO OWNS OR OPERATES A SNOWMOBILE WHICH IS REGISTERED AS A VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE AND SUCH SNOWMOBILE IS NOT A VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH (C) OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE GUILTY OF A VIOLATION AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A FINE OF TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law, provided that the commissioner of motor vehicles is immediately authorized and directed to promulgate and/or repeal any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date.